Can a person continue in sin (fornicating, abusing drugs, etc.) and truly be saved (a Christian)?
First and foremost, it’s important for us to understand how we became a Christian, that is, how we are saved. Scripture says the Bible teaches we are saved by God’s grace, not our own will or works. Some people believe we can live any kind of way we want to, and still go to heaven. We are still saved. But what if that’s not truth, what’s the sense in getting saved, so we can live like everyone world.
Yes, God forgives, only if we ask for it. Some believe you are already forgiven, no matter what you do. God requires that we discipline those in the church who continue in a life of sin. Matthew 18:15-20 gives clear instructions on how sinning believers are to be handled. Now, if they refuse to stop sinning, we are to put them out of the church. Some believers believe that “once saved, always saved.” Note that some say you can lose your salvation. Some say only God knows who’s saved and who’s not.
Which is true? Think about it! People continuing to live a sinful life with no shame or repentance and say’s they are saved, or those who try their best to live by God word fall into sin and try their best to make amends?
The bible said we shall know them by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).
The Lord makes clear that He will discipline those He loves. Therefore, if we continue in sin, we can expect to be put out of fellowship with the church, as well as God’s chastisement. Hebrews 12:4-7 makes this clear.
We, who are believers, are compared to a building. The foundation of our salvation is Jesus Christ. What we do in this life to serve God (the building) will be tested when we go to heaven. If we have not served God, which would include a believer continuing in sin, then our works will not pass the test. They will be like wood and straw: useless and burned up in the testing fire.
It’s worth noting that not everyone who claims to be a believer is truly saved. Occasionally, someone may claim to be a Christian when they have not truly been born again by faith in Jesus Christ. In such a case, the person will continue sinning without repentance because they lack the Holy Spirit to convict them or the new nature that seeks to please God. Since it may not be possible to discern the difference between a disobedient Christian and an unbeliever who continues in sin, we should refrain from making judgments or drawing conclusions concerning a person’s salvation based solely on their behavior.
Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Jesus declares that not everyone that says “Lord, Lord” will enter into the kingdom of heaven, for there will be some who have labored by prophesy in his name, have cast out devils and have done great works, but they will miss heaven. There will be people who stand before Christ at judgment that will be very surprised at the fact that they will not enter heaven.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, many directly addressed Him as “Lord.” What Jesus was saying is the fact that the kingdom of heaven is not for those who call Him “Lord,” but for those who acknowledge Jesus as “Lord” over their lives. Those whose hearts have become the throne where Christ reigns and rules, and a place where He abides as Lord and Savior in our lives. Many in the world today are doing exactly what they want to do. They have convinced themselves that they can live for the world six days a week, serve God one day a week on Sunday or not at all and then are on their way to heaven. Jesus says not so!
God Himself declares that “obedience is better than sacrifice”. God prefers our obedience over our works. Salvation and obedience goes hand in hand. Many will miss heaven because they refuse to believe. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him. Jesus came to earth to die and shed His blood so that we can be reconciled back to God by faith through Him.”
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Jesus says there will be “many” who will miss heaven. There will be “many” that Jesus will declare unto them, “I never knew you. Depart from me you worker of iniquity.”
Today is a day of decision making for you. If you do not know Christ for the pardon of your sins, who will you be choosing? Which path will you take, Christ or the world?
Today is the day of Salvation! NOW is the acceptable time! If you reject Jesus and the Gospel’s message, you will miss heaven. I do not care how much work you do, how much service you give, it means nothing if you are not in a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus. Works will not guarantee you a seat in heaven.
Ephesians 2:8-9 for by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, 9 not of works, so that no one should boast. The point that Jesus is making is “the will of My Father” must be done in our lives.
Thinking works is more important than salvation? With this mindset you will definitely miss heaven.
God’s Will or your way? Which have you chosen? Remember, Jesus said “some will miss heaven,” so please do not let it be you! God bless.
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